Wedjat Eye Amulet

Period: Late Period

Dynasty: Dynasty 26–29

Date: 664–380 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt

Medium: Gold

Dimensions: H. 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in); w. 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in); th. 0.4 cm ( 3/16 in.)

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1923

Accession Number: 23.2.68


The wedjat-eye amulet represents a human eye with its brow, but the two lines below the eye are often identified as the facial markings of a falcon. The wedjat-eye was supposedly the eye that Seth tore from Horus during a battle over who would lead the gods. Thoth healed the injured eye, returning it to Horus as the "sound one." Wedjat-eye amulets were used from the Old Kingdom through the Roman Period and whether worn as a bracelet for everyday wear or tucked among mummy wrappings, this amulet was effective source of protection, strength and perfection.